Guess That Pastry — From Joe in Switzerland

Post by blogger | October 6, 2009      

I’m down to 146 lbs so I’m getting too skinny. Luckily, my brother-in-law filed this report from Switzerland, which in turn inspired me to eat six bear claws to prepare for the winter of backcountry skiing. Now I’m not so worried. But the question, can any of you guys GUESS THAT PASTRY?

“Hi Lou, Lisa and Louie,
When I was in Switzerland I thought of you a couple of times and especially when we were in Frutigen. Here’s a “Name That Pastry” from Switzerland for Lou. You needed another food post, right?

Guess that pastry!

Guess that pastry!

I have two pictures, one with the baggie with the name on it, (proof) and the other for the mystery question. Thought that was too fun to pass up.

Update: Now that we have a winner (see comments below), here is the wrapper with the name.



You’ll probably only find this in Switzerland as it has a Swiss cross on it. The cross on the Swiss flag stands for the Christian cross. Interesting to note that in Switzerland, a form of protestant Christianity is somewhat a state religion, and their government supports a network of pastors and churches across the country. These days, that’s pretty radical! Also, it was a Swiss guy that founded the International “Red Cross” where they just reversed the colors of the Swiss cross. The founder was so fed up from seeing injured soldiers on both sides of war that he vowed there should be some way to help them and thus the Red Cross was born. Leave it to the Swiss!

Bro Joe”


17 Responses to “Guess That Pastry — From Joe in Switzerland”

  1. gillesleskieur October 6th, 2009 2:05 pm

    just for the record..

    Switzerland has no official state religion, though most of the cantons (except Geneva and Neuchâtel) recognize official churches, which are either the Catholic Church or the Swiss Reformed Church. These churches, and in some cantons also the Old Catholic Church and Jewish congregations, are financed by official taxation of adherents.[94]
    Christianity is the predominant religion of Switzerland, divided between the Catholic Church (41.8% of the population) and various Protestant denominations (35.3%). Immigration has brought Islam (4.3%, predominantly Kosovars, Bosniaks and Turks) and Eastern Orthodoxy (1.8%) as sizeable minority religions.[95] The 2005 Eurobarometer poll[96] found 48% to be theist, 39% expressing belief in “a spirit or life force”, 9% atheist and 4% agnostic.

    A modern church, the Church of San Giovanni Battista, designed by Mario Botta in Mogno
    The country is historically about evenly balanced between Catholic and Protestant, with a complex patchwork of majorities over most of the country. One canton, Appenzell, was officially divided into Catholic and Protestant sections in 1597.[97] The larger cities (Bern, Zürich and Basel) are predominantly Protestant. Central Switzerland, as well as the Ticino, is traditionally Catholic. The Swiss Constitution of 1848, under the recent impression of the clashes of Catholic vs. Protestant cantons that culminated in the Sonderbundskrieg, consciously defines a consociational state, allowing the peaceful co-existence of Catholics and Protestants. A 1980 initiative calling for the complete separation of church and state was resoundingly rejected, with only 21.1% voting in support.

  2. Eric October 6th, 2009 2:47 pm


  3. Lou October 6th, 2009 3:08 pm

    Nothing like Wikipedia to set the record straight, eh?

    In all seriousness, my apologies as a rough draft of this post went up by accident. We meant to write something like “SOMEWHAT the state religion,” with the simple intent of pointing out how different they deal with religion in comparison to some other countries. I’ll go ahead and edit to where we intended.

    We have a relative (through my wife’s brother’s marriage) over there who is a Swiss pastor who receives his income from the state, hence we were made aware of how this works. I found it quite interesting, especially since it’s Western Europe where I thought such a tight connection between religion and government was anathema — other than in Vatican City, anyway (grin).

  4. Lou October 6th, 2009 3:10 pm

    Eric, YOU GOT IT!

    I thought this would be a stumper. I should have known the sophisticated audience of would get it in a few hours! Just amazing.

  5. Eric October 6th, 2009 3:27 pm

    We were on a Swiss Airline flight this summer where they served these as the snack. Sure beats the typical mini bag of pretzels.

  6. Lou October 6th, 2009 3:45 pm

    Hmm, I guess I’ll fly Swiss next time! Do they have mandatory prayers as well?:angel:

  7. Greg October 6th, 2009 5:48 pm

    Hmmm, not an accurate statement regarding official state religions in western Europe, Lou. England has, of course, the Church of England. The Roman Catholic church is the official state religion of Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, and as you mentioned Vatican City (all microstates, of course). The Church of Denmark and the Church of Norway (both roughly Lutheran, I think) are the official religions of their respective countries. Switzerland is not exactly an anomaly.

  8. Lou October 6th, 2009 6:25 pm

    Yeah, I guess I was generalizing too much. Sorry about that. Interesting subject.

  9. Greg October 6th, 2009 6:50 pm

    No problem, Lou. I just wanted to clarify things a bit.

    Still waiting for snow here in New England. Hopefully soon we’ll be discussing skiing (and snowmobiles), not pastries (and religion).

  10. Lou October 6th, 2009 6:55 pm

    Fun to mix it up a little bit…

  11. Mark October 6th, 2009 9:50 pm

    Looks like linzer torte.

  12. Matt Kinney October 6th, 2009 10:56 pm

    Looks like a Swiss Catholic Communion wafer….or it is Protestant.?

  13. Verbier61 October 7th, 2009 1:55 am

    hehehehehe Gilles is not only a stellar skier but also a religion expert :angel:

    AFAIK the roman catholic is the official religion also in italy, which explains a lot of the huge problems this country has….. :whistle:

  14. Lou October 7th, 2009 5:04 am

    Not to change the subject, but anyone care to translate “spitzbube?”

  15. gringo October 7th, 2009 5:23 am

    straight across translation is `horny boy`… spitz can refer to horny, also can be summit.. Bübe is a little boy….. with that its `summit boy`…appropriate don`t you think?

  16. Pierce October 7th, 2009 8:34 am

    Gringo, you weren’t too far off. Maybe it did from the conjugation of naughty boy.

    Spitzbub Spitzbub m , Spitzbube Spitzbube m , Spitzbübin Spitzbübin f , -, -nen
    old villain, rogue
    dial inf (=Schlingel) scamp inf , scallywag inf

    Interesting name for a tart, anyway.

  17. Lou October 7th, 2009 8:54 am

    I’ve eaten a lot of pastries that could be called “bad boys.” That is all.

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